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In this section we aim to present you with some detailed information on a variety of important dental topics. Our dentists have tried to cover a range of topics and have picked areas that we feel would be benefitial to you. If there is something you would be interested in knowing more about please contact don't hesitate to contact us.


Tooth Extraction Recovery Tips

Having a tooth extracted can be a painful experience while it is healing. However, there are a number of things you can do following the extraction procedure that will help to make the process as easy as possible. With proper care, your gums and jaw can be fully functional again after several days.

What to Avoid

Food and drinks. Follow the advice given by your dentist, but generally avoid food and drink at least until the anaesthetic wears off. You won't be able to feel anything in the numbed area in the hours following the procedure. This makes it possible to burn or scald your mouth with hot food or drink, or unknowingly bite your own tongue. Carbonated or hot drinks should also be avoided for the next 3-4 days.  A soft food diet is also encouraged for 1 to 2 days following the procedure.

Smokers should avoid lighting up for a minimum of two days after the procedure, as smoking interferes with the healing process. Chemicals within cigarette smoke can delay proper healing of the extraction site, leading to a very uncomfortable complication called a dry socket.

Alcohol is known to significantly delay the healing process, and so should be avoided for 24 hours after the procedure.

Don't rinse the area for the first 6 hours following the extraction. You must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting your tongue disturb it. This can also inhibit healing of the socket.

Salt water mouth rinses should be commenced 6 hours following the procedure.  One teaspoon of salt stirred into a 250ml glass of warm water should gently be allowed to flow over the extraction site to help prevent infection and aid in healing

To Minimise Bleeding

Following the extraction, your dentist will immediately apply a gauze pad for you to bite on. Bite down gently to hold this gauze pad firmly in place for about an hour. Do not disturb a clot once it forms. Some small amount of residual bleeding (pink saliva) is to be expected, however if there is obvious blood flow from the socket, apply a new wet gauze pack with plenty of pressure for 15-20 minutes to reestablish a blood clot.

Avoid excessive exercise following the procedure for the rest of the day.  Any heavy lifting and/or exercise will promote blood flow which can make the extraction area bleed.  It is preferable to rest and allow your body time to heal.  As this may require time off work, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist for a medical release form.

To Minimise Pain and Swelling

To ward off pain, your dentist will likely recommend pain medication. If medication has been prescribed, read carefully all the instructions and warnings and follow them to the letter.  You will likely be advised to take the first dose of painkillers immediately following the extraction, before the numbness has worn off. If antibiotics have been prescribed, take them exactly as directed, even if infection symptoms appear to have gone.

You may experience some swelling after the extraction. Apply an ice pack to the area of your jaw for 20 minutes at a time, with 10 minute breaks, for the first 24 hours. After 48 hours, you can apply a warm compress to promote healing and circulation in the extraction area. Swelling will typically subside after 48 hours.

Use an extra pillow to keep your head elevated when sleeping for the first night - this will help to minimise future swelling.

A "Dry Socket" following an extraction is unfortunately a problem that arises in about 5% of all cases.  This occurs if the blood clot that seals the extraction site gets washed away and is not replaced.  As a result the bone and nerves are exposed to air and anything else that may be in the mouth, thus causing severe pain and sometimes a foul odour.  A dry socket usually presents itself 2 to 3 days following the procedure and normally clears up in about 5 to 7 days (quicker with treatment).

If you experience any of the following: your pain becomes more severe the day after your extraction, there is heavy bleeding and it's difficult to control, the swelling around the extraction site worsens, or itching or rashes occur after you take medication, contact the friendly team at Plainland Dental for an appointment immediately, and we will look after you as best we can.



Saliva, The Silent Defender

Keeping hydrated on a hot summer’s day can be a challenge with temperatures rising further and further. However, it is very important to keep your water intake levels high to also keep saliva levels in the mouth high.


Saliva plays a vital role in keeping our mouths healthy and is produced by 3 different glands within your mouth. Daily production of saliva ranges from 0.5 – 1.0 litres and is composed of ~99% water with the other 1% being solids, mostly proteins and electrolytes. Saliva helps keep our mouths in a healthy state through the following functions:


  • Protecting teeth from decay and erosion by countering acids in the foods we eat
  • Digesting food via enzymes contained within
  • Cleansing and lubrication
  • Coating our gums and soft tissues, thus giving protection against bugs and microbes
  • Diluting and clearing sugars and carbohydrates introduced into the mouth


Low saliva flow has not only been linked to higher rates of dental decay, but also dental erosion, which if left untreated can become quite a serious issue. If you are concerned about dental decay or erosion, or are after more information, please give our friendly staff at Fernvale Dental a call on (07) 5427 0880.


Dr. Alistair Tang

girl drinking water


When was your last dental checkup?

All too often, we see patients in distress with a painful tooth or mouth. They hadn’t visited us earlier because nothing had been hurting, so they didn’t see the point in a dental examination.

Unfortunately by the time there is pain in your mouth, it’s often too late for a ‘simple fix’. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Your dentist is here to help you find and prevent these issues before your body needs to send these signals.

So when is the right time for a check up? We recommend regular exams every six months. Regular exams ensure we can monitor your teeth and mouth and if any cavities or issues do arise we can catch them early. We believe that early detection is so important as this usually means less invasive treatment rather than complex options which will take up more of your time and finances!

If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain don’t be hesitant to pay us a visit. Together, we can find the best treatment for your current situation and then have a look at the rest of your teeth to prevent any further toothaches.

Here at Fernvale Dental, we care about our patients’ health and wellbeing. The last thing we want is to see you in any kind of pain or discomfort. That’s why we love to see you before this happens, so we can keep your teeth healthy - and keep a big smile on your face!

To book in for your exam please call us on 5427 0880.

Dr Lucy Galletly

dental check up


Your Baby and You, The Link Between Tooth Decay

We all know that bacteria in the mouth leads to decaying holes in your teeth, but did you know that a certain type of decay causing bacteria called 'Streptococcus Mutans' can be passed between you and your baby?

This means if mothers (or other immediate family members) have any active decay in their mouths, they can pass it to the baby's mouth through their saliva. By the time your baby's first tooth arrives they could potentially have a mouth full of bacteria just waiting to latch on and cause holes and pain for your little one.

Just think of how often we would share saliva with our children; from meal times, cleaning a dropped dummy in your mouth and even giving goodnight kisses. This is why it's wise to get your teeth examined prior to your baby arriving and for the whole family to have regular check ups and healthy, happy mouths with a good brushing and flossing routine at home.

If you've got a baby at home and you're interested in ensuring they have the best possible start for their teeth, book in for a check up with one of our friendly dentists here at Fernvale Dental.

Dr Lucy Galletly

mother and baby


The Daily Grind - Facts About Tooth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

Do you ever wake up in the morning with a pounding headache? Do you suffer from a sore or clicky jaw?  Does it sometimes hurt to eat? If that is you, then perhaps you may be clenching or grinding your teeth, otherwise known as bruxism.

Bruxism can occur throughout the day often subconsciously, or during the night in our sleep. Often we are not even aware that we have these habits.  Though it may not seem like a big deal at times, bruxism actually causes many long term problems which are difficult to treat.  Bruxism is a result of excessive repetitive use of our muscles of mastication.  This causes widespread heavy forces on the teeth, which will lead to early tooth wear and cracking.  The teeth that have had fillings are particularly prone to further cracking due to their weakened structural integrity from supporting the filling.  Often the damage is quite substantial over the years and a full mouth rehabilitation may be required in order to restore the lost and damaged teeth.

The bad news is that bruxism is uncontrollable throughout the night, and the habit is difficult to break throughout the day.  However, early diagnosis of bruxism at your local dentist may prevent these future complications.  A personalised protective guard, known as an occlusal splint, can be fabricated to protect the teeth.  This may further relieve the muscles of mastication and reduce headache and jaw ache. For further questions, please feel free to ask the friendly staff at Fernvale Dental

Dr Matthew Kei



Mouthwash Myths

As with all consumer products today, dental mouthwashes are not immune to marketing and promotion. Possibly as a result of this, we are commonly asked by patients which mouthwashes are better than others and whether or not they are required.

Mouthwashes are largely promoted as an addition to proper oral hygiene. The best oral hygiene we can recommend is brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush of any kind (manual or electric) together with something to clean between your teeth once a day (most commonly floss but includes alternatives such as flossettes and pixters). If this brushing and flossing regime is done correctly every day and combined with dental check ups, mouthwash is actually not recommended in daily oral hygiene.

The major dangers of mouthwash come in how they are used and what is in them. There has been a push lately by mouthwash brands alike to move away from using alcohol in mouthwashes. Alcohol was traditionally used in mouthwashes to help dissolve the active ingredients in mouthwash and could be as high as many high strength alcoholic spirits. The major drawback of this includes an increased risk of oral cancers if alcohol mouthwashes are used around the time of cigarette smoking and in patients with reduced saliva, smoking or not. Another downside to using mouthwashes is that it can give a false sense of security, with many people assuming that mouthwashes are a proper substitute to brushing and flossing – which they are not.

Mouthwashes do have a place in our bathroom cabinets in certain situations. In cases where some people may find it hard to physically brush and floss, for example if there is limited hand mobility or dexterity, mouthwashes can help flush out what is left in the mouth. Mouthwashes can also be used temporarily to help short term gum issues such as painfully swollen gums. In these cases a stronger mouthwash can be used, such as a chlorhexidine wash (ie. Savacol), but much care must be taken with these as long term use can cause a loss in taste and teeth staining. Mouthwashes do have a use in very specific cases, but we should not be reliant on them to substitute or replace the job of brushing and flossing daily.

In summary, brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and regular dental check ups will keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy, and mouthwashes can be used only to aid this cleaning pattern. If a mouthwash is used, it should be an alcohol free variety and in cases where correct brushing and flossing are not achievable or when there is a clinical need in which case mouthwashes should be used temporarily.

For any more information please contact Fernvale Dental on 5427 0880.

Dr Sang Ho

man with mouthwash


Denture Care

Those of us who have dentures know that they are one of the most important things we wear and use everyday.  As with everything in life, wear and tear can take its toll and eventually, your dentures will need to be replaced. However, there are little things you can do everyday to ensure that you get maximum use out of your dentures.

It is important to note that dentures are not real teeth, they are plastic and as such need to be cleaned differently.  Using toothpaste on dentures can cause excessive wear and tear.  Instead, consider using liquid soap and a soft toothbrush to clean your dentures over a sink half filled with water.  This ensures that if the dentures fall into the sink they won’t break.

Denture cleaners such as Sterident are also useful, just follow the instructions on the packet. Full upper dentures should be soaked once a month in a 1:10 mix of bleach and water for 1 hour to prevent fungal growth which can cause thrush of the mouth.

Ideally dentures should only be worn during the day and left out at night so your gums and skin can breath. To keep them moist, you can place them in a glass of water overnight.

On average dentures should last between 5-10 years after which they will need to be replaced. Usually this is because of damage, wear or if they will no longer stay in place due to changes in your mouth. If your denture replaces your front teeth, you may want to consider a replacement pair before they become unwearable. None of us want to be caught without our teeth!

At Fernvale Dental we are always happy to talk to you about and what is involved in getting your first set of dentures, replacement dentures or denture maintenance.

Dr Yastira Lalla



Choosing the Right Toothbrush

There are currently many toothbrushes on the market. Each of the products claim to have superior qualities in comparison to the rest. So what are all the advantages and disadvantages, and which one is suitable for you?  It all seems so confusing!

There are many variations of manual and electric toothbrushes on the supermarket shelves. The bristle options available are hard, medium, soft and extra soft. Studies have shown that both manual and electric toothbrushes can accomplish the same desirable outcome, and both are equally effective. However, the manual toothbrush requires greater manual dexterity, time and skill to use. Often the head sizes of the manual toothbrushes are also larger, and are therefore more difficult to access the back teeth. Nevertheless, it all comes down to personal preference as both are effective. 

In relation to the bristle options, either a soft or an extra soft brush is recommended. The gums at the base of the teeth are fragile and can recede irreversibly if brushed too vigorously  and/or the bristles are too coarse.  Additionally, the enamel on the teeth could be worn away, resulting in a weakening of tooth structure and sensitivity to cold. The plaque that we aim to brush off is soft in consistency and does not require such a vigorous action. Should the plaque on the teeth harden to calculus, even the hardest toothbrush cannot remove this, which is when you need to visit your dentist as it requires professional dental cleaning.

Dr Matthew Kei

manual vs electric toothbrush


Soft drinks and sports drinks – Looking past the labels.

Seemingly, every week on our market shelves there is a new type of drink that is better for our health. Making positive diet substitutions is a fantastic way to improve your overall health and wellbeing and these flow on to your oral health too. Being wary of what is in these new products can help keep you on track for a healthy body and smile.

There are two aspects to any drink, or food, which heavily impact your oral health - acidity and sugar content. Acid in food and drink is very common – and can usually be picked up by how sour something tastes. Sugar content is even more common and is easily recognisable as sweet. Well known examples that include high amounts of both are fruit juices, soft drinks and energy drinks. 

As Dr Matt Kei talked about last month, residual sugar in the mouth is able to be fermented by bacteria into acid which can cause teeth to rot. Acid in drinks can cause a great deal of acid wear leading to yellowing of teeth and sensitivity.

With newer drinks come new labels which make it hard to determine if they are in fact better for our teeth and gums. Such examples include low sugar drinks, rehydrating sports drinks, low calorie energy drinks and vitamin/mineral waters.

Many of these drinks have surprisingly high acidity levels – sports drinks for example are very happy to trumpet their ability to rehydrate your body after sweating it out at the gym, but be wary that some also contain high amounts of acid.  This can cause significant damage especially when you already have a low amount of saliva in your mouth after being dehydrated from such exercise.

Many ‘healthy alternatives’ to colas such as vitamin/mineral waters contain a surprising amount of sugars – although not as high as traditional colas and soft drinks. A typical vitamin/mineral water can contain 30 grams (around 8 teaspoons) of sugar! Although that is only half of your traditional colas, it is still an amount to be aware and wary of.

To add even more confusion, healthy alternatives of sugary soft and energy drinks are now commonly available in no or low sugar varieties. These certainly contain less sugar and calories but be wary as they usually contain more acid than their full sugar counterparts.

For any drink you choose to quench your thirst, be mindful of the promises on the label and think about sugar and acid content. The Australian Dental Association recommends the following for sugary and acidic drinks:

  • Try to cut down on the number of these drinks you have
  • Drink through a straw
  • Don’t brush your teeth for an hour after you’ve had an acidic drink – the acid temporarily softens your enamel and brushing them early will harm them
  • Don’t drink these before bed
  • Give your mouth a rinse with water after finishing one of these drinks.


Cheers to that!

Dr Sang Ho




More Than Just a Pretty Smile

Everyone wants to have healthy teeth, but having a healthy mouth means that the soft tissues in your mouth, such as your gums, tongue, cheeks and lips, have to be healthy as well. Increased sun exposure, poor oral hygiene, smoking, frequent alcohol consumption and certain medications can affect soft tissue health and increase your risk of developing oral infections, inflammatory conditions and in some cases, even cancer of the mouth. These changes are usually painless and unfortunately are often only detected once they are quite severe.

If you, or someone you know, experiences: persistent redness or soreness of the skin inside your mouth; crusting of the lips; unexplained lumps or bumps in your mouth or white patches which cannot be rubbed off then you might benefit from having these examined.

Dentists are physicians of the mouth and at Fernvale Dental we believe that prevention and early detection are the keys to avoiding potential oral health problems.

Dr Yastira Lalla


Tooth Whitening

A common concern for patients in regards to their teeth is colour. Most people want whiter, brighter and healthier looking teeth. Unfortunately as a result there has recently been an increasing number of groups preying on this by offering and marketing many unsafe whitening products and procedures to the general public.